Flowers and flowers – Lupin in May, Hydrangea in June

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Sanghyowon celebrates Lupin festival in May and Hydrangea festival in Jun. This beautiful park holds fewer package tourists so you can enjoy beautiful scenery and space. There are so many photo spots. Take time and take nice photos of your own with flowers.

Camellia Hill has many couple tourists. If you are travelling alone, you will be a little annoyed by many couples posing for good shots in front of flowers forever. Don’t worry there are so many photo spots. There will always be a nice spot for you. Camellia flowers are the main attraction in Camelia hill but hydrangea are awesome in Jun.

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How to get to Seongsan Ilchulbong by bus?

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In my last visit to Jeju, I have decided not to rent a car but take a bus as I was planning to walk Olle trails. I bumped into 3 Filipino ladies who were heading Seongsan ilchulbong from Jeju city bus terminal. They were quite lost because the ticket box person told them to take No.700 but the bus driver of 700 told them to take No.710 which just departed and they had to wait another 30 min. My friend navered(we don’t google in Korea but naver) and found No.710 goes Seongsan Ilchulbong. Poor ladies had to kill precious 30 min at the terminal.
After 2 days from that day, my friend and I walked Olle trail route No. 1 and reached Seonsan Ilchulbong by foot. After climbing there, we were so tired and decided to take a bus back to Sehwari. The bus stop was only about 400m from the entrance. (bus stop: Seongsan-ri Samuso/Seongsan-ri community office) When we get to the bus stop,  we found both 700 and 710 were stopping there. OMG, the poor Filipino ladies didn’t have to wait for No.710 but took No.700 with us.

Here is the tip.
From the airport, bus No.100 and 95(runs very 10-12 min) go to Jeju bus terminal and it takes only 10-15min. From the bus terminal you can take buses (either east coast line or west coast line) and reach many tourist attractions along the coast.
An important tip to remember is that from Jeju bus terminal to the airport, you have to take bus No.70 and 95 from the bus stop across from the terminal. No.100 doesn’t run to the airport from the bus terminal.

The bus number and the route have been changed.

710 and 710-1 start from the bus terminal and run all the way to Seongsan Ilchulbong. No. 700 does not exist anymore.

Taengza Taengza – a sound of enjoyment (Sehwa Guesthouse)

Korean is a language of onomatopoeia and mimetic words. Wind blows “salang salang”. A young boy’s eyes are “chorong chrong”. A man walks “ttubeok ttubeok”. Salang salang is a describing word for a breeze. Chorong chorong eyes explain a concentration or brightness of a person. Ttubeok ttubeok is a sound of walk and also describes a manly walk. If you can speak in Korean there are many ways of describing of sound, colour and movment with such words. Taengza Taengza isn’t an original onomatopoeia but came from a word taengza(a kind of Orange like fruit) and became an onomatopoeia-like expression. When you describe a person being a lady of leisure. We say “She always plays taengza taengza. What a life!” It means she enjoys doing nothing.

Tangza Salon is the guesthouse for the people who want to enjoy their time  taengza taengza.

The owner has migrated to Jeju in early 2013 after resigning from a well-known advertising company in Seoul. His life must have been such a hassle and he wants to enjoy his life with Taengza mind. The name of guesthouse tells the character of the guesthouse and the staff.  If you sit in a lounge in a middle of a day and killing time by reading a comic book, the owner might ask you to go out for a drink(not a cup of coffee but a bottle of soju).

The guesthouse staff are also interesting people to get to know. Although they don’t speak very fluent English, you will still enjoy their company. If you decide to stay at north-east of Jeju(Sehwa) and you like to meet interesting travellers and guesthouse staff, this is the place to go.

Below is the Korean blog of Tangza Salon where you can make a reservation. You can also book a bed/room at hostelworld.com as well.

http://blog.naver.com/junoji

Location is easy to find. Only 3-5 min walk from Haenyeo museum at Sehwa.

The lounge of Tangza Salon

The lounge of Tangza Salon

Where are you from, Christmas trees?

Abies koreana

Abies koreana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus was born in Jerusalem. Father Chirstmas(Santa Claus/Santa Klausd) was from somewhere in Europe. Where do Christmas trees come from?

Mt. Halla of Jeju is the answer.

One of the most popular Christmas trees is called Korean fir or Abies Koreana.

Ernest Henry Wilson, the famous plant collector introduced the tree from Mt. Halla to Western countries and named Abies Koreana / Gusang namu(구상나무, The name Gusang came from Kusalnang(Kusal;Sea Urchin in Jeju Language, Nang;tree in Jeju Language – Quote from My Exploration of Cultural Heritage(나의 문화유산 답사기) by Yu Hong Jun)

How about hiking to the forest of Christmas tress in this Christmas?

Dead Gusang namu at Mt. Halla

Dead Gusang namu at Mt. Halla

7 reasons to visit Jeju in Winter

Silver grass at Ecoland

Silver grass at Ecoland

Wind Wind Wind!
I would recommend you to face it and enjoy. Wearing goggles would be a good idea. Visit coastal road of Sehwa to Gimnyeong where the strongest wind blows during Winter.

Silver Grass
From Autumn to Winter, Oreums of Jeju are covered by silver grasses and with Jeju’s famous wind, it creates fantastic scenery. Visit Sangumburi and Udobong(in Udo).

Snow flowers at Mt. Halla
You will need good winter jacket and proper shoes to hike Mt. Halla during Winter. However, your hard work will be paid off by great scenery.

Camellia
Camellia flowers blossom during Winter. November and March are the best to see beautiful flowers of Winter. Visit Camellia hill or Olle trail route 5

Tangerine
Many tangerine farms offer tangerine plucking experience during Winter. You will easily find the sign board written 감귤체험 along the roads of Jeju. The problem is they are mostly in Korean. Tasting tangerine doesn’t need the language so drop at any road side tangerine shop and you will enjoy great tangerine in a good price during Winter. In my personal opinion, Jeju’s tangerine is the best in the world.

Yellotail festival
Yellotail festival is open from 7th Nov to 10th Nov this year(2013). It happens every year at port Moseulpo and getting more popular every year. If you are a fan of fresh sashimi(raw fish), this is a must visit festival. This year, festival committee provides English/Japanese/Chinese interpreters.

Snow Sled
You might wonder how to enjoy snow sled in Jeju, the warmest part of Korea. Yes you can! After the snow fall, visit Jeju horse grazing land along 5.16 road and you can enjoy snow sled riding. It’s free of charge!

Snow flowers at Mt. Halla (Koreans call snows coverned on trees as snow flowers)

Snow flowers at Mt. Halla (Koreans call snow covered on trees as snow flowers)